The San Francisco Arts Commission stewards over $6 million in annual grant investments through the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund, the neighborhood Cultural Centers funds and other City resources to foster the values and increase the impact of cultural equity and neighborhood arts. The Community Investments program supports San Francisco artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through grants, technical assistance and capacity building, economic development, arts education initiatives and the community-based Cultural Centers.
The Arts Commission recognizes that these funding opportunities were created through decades of community activism, arts advocacy and neighborhood cultural engagement. We continue to strive toward providing equitable access to cultural resources and create more sustainable impact across the arts ecosystem.
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The San Francisco Arts Commission is also committed to providing access to high-quality arts experiences for San Francisco youth. Grant programs that support this include the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) and Artists and Communities in Partnership (ACIP). This is also supported by the Arts Education Directory, which educators and families can use to find programs, organizations, and teaching artists in San Francisco to support integrating arts into learning.
The Cultural Centers serve the community by housing nonprofit organizations and providing low-cost arts programs, performance and exhibition space. Centers include: African American Art & Culture Complex, also home to the Queer Cultural Center; Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater; Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts; and SOMArts Cultural Center, also home to the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.
- Cultural Equity Endowment Fund (Chapter 68 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)
- Grant Extension/Modification Policies
- Offset Policy for Arts Commission Grant Agreements
- Current List of Grantees (2017)